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The actors did an okay job. Remember that most air crews, especially replacements, in WWII were very young. If you were 25 years old you were considered an "old man". The crews in this movie are a lot younger than say those in Memphis Belle which gives it some credability. Remember our grandfathers were just young kids barely out of high school who fought WWII. There were not 40 year old Hollywood A list actors like in Saving Private Ryan.
A few people have ccomplained about the drinking in the film. Again, having served myself in the Army in the GWOT, I think the drinking is right on. Everyone deals with things in their own way. For many they turn to alcohol.
As far as no threat or fear, obviously the other reviewer has not done any history research about the air crews in WWII. The threat of death that ground troops faced 24/7 did not impact the air crews. While they did go into danger during bombing runs and suffer heavy casualties, they were able to retreat to safety between the missions. You don't sit there worrying about getting killed, you block it out. In other words you ddon't want to think about it so you do anything not to. Ground troops didn't have this option.
As far as CGI and things looking fake, what "looks" real? Even Redtails that had a budget in the millions used CGI. Even Memphis Belle used toy models for many of the damage sequences. If you pay attention to the story line you can easily overlook the few CGI errors. In fact most of it looked pretty good considering the low budget.
The argument that one reviewer tried to make that the sounds were wrong is pointless.Read more ›
I came across FORTRESS by accident. I had not seen any publicity for it and I follow movie releases fairly closely. It is apparently a low budget, independent production. It is pretty ambitious for such a film. To recreate the large bomber formations, fighter plane attacks and even the base camp it uses a lot of CGI.
So, I have seen FORTRESS and I very much enjoyed it. Sure, the visual effects are sometimes a bit crude, but most of the time they are pretty effective and certainly good enough to support the story. I'd say the visual effects are a bit better than those in the TV series DOGFIGHTS (which were pretty good) but not up to the standards of RED TAILS (a high bar, IMO). The movie was well written and I was impressed by the performances by the unknown (to me) cast. For a movie made on a tiny fraction of most big studio movie budgets it is quite an accomplishment.
Synopses of the story can be found on IMDb and if you haven't watched the trailer on YouTube, yet, do so. If you like WW II movies, especially about the air war in Europe, I think you will like FORTRESS.
I like this movie enough that I have pre-ordered the Blu-ray. Since Amazon does not mention whether or not it will have any extras, I emailed the production company and asked. They replied that it will have a timelapse of part of the plane being built and a short documentary.
There are so many untold stories of the men and women who sacrificed much during WW11. We should never forget! Thank you for telling this one. I hope you have plans on making more.
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Special effects were above average for a low budget film but the writing and acting were unimpressive. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Nice story. Yeah its a lower budget movie, less fancy and less effects but if you like the B-17 and Ww2 movies, go for it!Published 2 days ago by tangoindia
Great movie and very true to life about how few pilots survived their 25 missions." 5 Stars"Published 2 days ago by Jack Cusimano
Poor acting all the way through.
Computer generated fight scenes were good. Only redeeming factor.
Unreal fight scenes with cheesy CG are very annoying to watch. Air combats look like you would see in a video game. Acting is lame without any sense of peril or danger. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Eugene Chen